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Research Project: Development of Botanical-Based Pesticide to Control Pests of Medical Importance

Location: Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-32000-012-20-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 1, 2019
End Date: Apr 30, 2024

Objective:
Identify and isolate chemicals based on plant origin including attractants, feeding deterrents, repellents, and pesticides for management of population of pests of medical importance. Electrophysiological and physiological behavior activities of potential attractants, feeding deterrents, repellents, and pesticides will be evaluated under the laboratory conditions. The candidate’s attractants, feeding deterrents, repellents, and pesticides will be optimized using different formulations for field tests.

Approach:
Team members will collaborate to identify attractants, feeding deterrents, repellents, and pesticides for medical important pest that can be integrated and translated into behavioral manipulation strategies and used to manage the pests of medical importance in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner by: 1) collect chemicals from natural source and conduct chemical analyses and behavioral test to identify potential active compounds (attractants, feeding deterrents, repellents, and pesticides); 2) conduct electrophysiological, physiological, behavior bioassays to evaluate attractive, repellent, toxic activities of synthetic vesion; 3) write report for publication; 4) work with commercial companies to enable rapid commercialization of technologies.